On Thursday night a year record of 136 moths of 65 species were taken in the garden Skinner trap. Numbers were supplied by 15 Riband wave, 11 Crambus perlella and 8 Common footman whilst the new for year Peppered moth and Scalloped oak.
Better still was a very worn moth at the bottom of the trap, a new for parish records Ruddy Carpet. Just enough scales on it to identify as shown here.
|Ruddy carpet, or what is left of it, a new moth for the parish|
|300th moth for the year: Dot moth|
On this day last year I had just recorded the 200th moth for the year with a total of just 1514, so 100 moth species ahead and almost a 1000 more moths this year.
Finally, an identification issue was resolved yesterday when a tricky carpet species was finally nailed as a Twin spot carpet, not a common moth for the county, so most pleasing.
|Twin spot carpet|
|Hoverfly in the garden: Marmalade fly, Episyrphus balteatus|